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Illegal kittens from the boot of a car: How an animal cruelty convict stays in business

“We probably had 700 hits on (the ad) in two days,” Mr Petropoulos says as the buyer, Rebecca, considers whether to make the transaction. “We’ve had 37 inquires … As far as having another choice, there isn’t. They will be gone tomorrow.” It is illegal to sell animals from the …

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Victoria to hold first judge-only trial, but lawyers favour jury system

The other trial was abandoned when the accused man pleaded guilty. The suspension of jury trials since March has meant hundreds of accused people have had their cases delayed – many will not be heard until 2021 at the earliest – but Monday’s is the only judge-alone trial before the …

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Faith is key to our lives, even for atheists

History, psychology and all manner of disciplines rely on other people’s testimony, acceptance of which is largely a matter of faith. I cannot know by experience or perception that Napoleon lived, or any other historical figure whose existence it makes no sense to doubt. Coady is not suggesting we are …

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Remote learning exposed deep digital divide in schools, teachers say

Rates were predictably lower among primary school children, with 37.4 per cent of teachers reporting all their children had access, while 56.2 per cent of secondary school teachers reported the same. But dodgy internet connections also interfered with children’s lessons, even when devices were on hand. Just one in 10 …

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A rare insight into what is everyday life for others

THE FORUM The past is what it isGreg Baum, writing of footy, racism and the wisdom of hindsight, applies some cautionary foresight to the values and attitudes currently held as correct and wonders if future generations will hold as right what this generation believes is true and right (‘‘It cannot …

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Lindsay Fox in land grab for more Portsea beachfront

The application was filed on behalf of Fox family companies by Mornington-based planning consultancy Watsons Pty Ltd whose owner John Woodman – a planning consultant, lobbyist and developer – is at the centre of the Casey land scandal. The Fox applications are based on the common law concept known as …

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New CEO pledges to consult with locals over injecting room

Ms Collocott said that “first and foremost” the injecting room had successfully saved lives. It had also referred drug users to other health, dentistry, housing, family violence and drug rehabilitation services. “We believe it is the right location and the right service for us to be providing,” Ms Collocott said. …

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From car park to affordable housing: partnership to give shelter to battlers

Most opposed the project, with neighbours lobbying the council to abandon the plan over their concerns their property values would fall. Loading The council was told the neighbourhood would “deteriorate”, according to minutes of a council meeting in August 2018, with business owners also claiming the development would make running …

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Private schools ask alumni to help pay fees for families in distress

The Armadale college charges annual tuition fees of $23,616 in prep and $35,876 in years 10, 11 and 12. The school community was told late last month that donations to the Lauriston Foundation had contributed to fee payments that had prevented four families of girls in years 6, 8, 11 …

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‘You hear screaming at night’: Plea to find homes for hotel homeless

Housing Minister Richard Wynne would not be drawn on his plans for the program. “All Victorians deserve a safe and secure roof over their heads and the Victorian government is continuing to work with housing and homelessness agencies to provide housing for Victorians who need support,” he said on Friday. …

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